Mar 2015

Find the Reaching Out Community at SXSW

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Are you an lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer MBA or graduate business student heading to Austin for SXSW Interactive?  Good news, a number of Reaching Out’s community, either LGBTQ or ally alumni and speakers as well as peer organizations will be there!  Here are just three opportunities to connect with our community:

2010 ROMBA Conference Keynote Meghan Stabler will be part of “Transgender in Tech: Past, Present, Future”
When/Where: Sunday, March 15th at 11am in Ballroom E

This panel brings together three figures who have helped make history advancing transgender inclusion in tech spaces. Meghan Stabler, senior director CA Technologies, helped open the industry to trans people through her work with the Human Rights Campaign and was Working Mother Magazine’s 2014 Working Mother of the Year. Brielle Harrison, a user interface engineer at Facebook, helped create and implement that platform’s industry-leading custom gender options. Dr. Kortney Ziegler envisioned and built Trans*H4CK, a hackathon and speaker series that spotlights transgender created tech and entrepreneurship. Allyson Robinson, Vice President for Knowledge and Impact at the LGBT Technology Partnership in Washington, D.C. and a transgender pioneer in her own right, will facilitate a conversation among these trailblazers about the trajectory of transgender inclusion in tech and what it might mean for the future of diversity in the industry.

Startout at the SXSW Trade Show
When/Where: March 15-18th in the Austin Convention Center

Startout’s leadership will be at the Trade Show during SXSW Interactive. Go visit them to meet LGBT entrepreneurs and investors…and for some get fabulous rainbow bracelets and stickers

ReQwip & SeedSumo Hot Pepper Pitch Party
When/Where: Saturday, March 14th at Empire Garage

Saturday evening, From 7pm – 12am, (winner of the 2012 ROMBA Startup Pitch Competition) will be hosting some of the best local bands in Austin. With FREE Drinks, FREE Music, and FREE FUN!

During the day, Join Seed Sumo from 12pm – 6pm for the SXSW Hot Pepper Pitch Party. Come watch startups pitch their products and be judged while doing it, after eating a HOT chili pepper!


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